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Research & Service Leadership Symposium

Congratulations 2024 RSLS Participants & Thank You to the Community!

RSLS presenters, what a day! You wowed us all with your projects and poise as you brought your months of hard work to over 450 people who attended the Symposium.

Thank you presenters, mentors, facilitators, administrators, FHDA Foundation, students, jusdges, Foothill employees, and community attendees for making our 7th annual RSLS an amazing event!

Congrats Award Winners & Finalists! 

View the List of Finalists & Award Winners for 2024

Couldn't attend the Award Ceremony? Not sure who won? Want to see yourself, your mentees, your friends and family members in the winner's circle? View the Award Recipients below:


Reflecting on the May 16, 2024 event!

More than 250 presenters, 169 presentations

This year the Research and Service Leadership  Symposium had a record number of presentations and presenters, as Foothill College combined forces with our Dual Enrollment students in PAUSD. This hybrid event featured Zoom and on-campus presentations and activities that you can continue to explore in the materials below. View the event slideshow, share your favorite presentations, and get inspired for next year. 

View the Event Slideshow


View Project Titles, Descriptions, and Presenter Bios

ACCESS THE 2024 EVENT SITEPrint the Official Program Schedule




RSLS 2024 Program Overview

Experience the event again by reviewing the overview of the day and evening program. Click on each item for more details.  

9-9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony with Keynote Speaker, Violet Saena, in Dining Hall (2201)


Meet Violet SaenaViolet Saena is the founder and executive director of Climate Resilient Communities, an organization that supports under resourced communities of color at the frontline of climate change and sea-level rise. Her dedication to elevating community voices and responding to environmental injustice is rooted in her lived experience in the South Pacific.

She has served as an international climate change expert with the United Nations’ Least Developed Countries and Small Island States to protect communities from the impacts of climate change. She now works in the Bay Area partnering with governments, research institutions, and community-based organizations to build community capacity to respond to climate change and sea-level rise. Violet also serves as the equity program manager for the Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network, an environmental justice advisor for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and a community advisory council member to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Violet has a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University, a bachelor’s in environmental studies from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and postgraduate diplomas in environmental and climate change management from Dresden University in Germany, Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and Waikato University in New Zealand.

Currently, Violet is a Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University and her residency is on Environmental Sustainability.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. On Campus Presentations in Altos (2019), Council Chambers (2018) & Hearthside (2313)

  • Use the Official RSLS 2024 Program Schedule [Available May 13] for a complete program with listed presentations!
  • You can attend presentation sessions on the hour throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m. 
  • Make room in your schedule for the full day, or just an hour.
  • We invite you to sample individual projects, explore themes, or absorb the event from morning to late afternoon.
  • We encourage you to attend multiple sessions and see the full range of research, service, and creative arts projects that participants have developed.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Zoom Presentations; Livestream in Multicultural Center (2149)

  • Preview the Official RSLS 2024 Program Schedule [Available May 13] for a complete program with listed presentations!
  • You can attend Zoom presentation sessions on the hour, beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Join livestream viewing of Zoom presentations in the Multicultural Center on campus.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Poster Sessions & Art Gallery Showcase in Dining Hall (2201)

  • Preview the Official RSLS 2024 Program Schedule [Available May 13] for a complete program with listed poster topics and art gallery items!
  • You can attend new poster sessions on the hour throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m. 

11 a.m -5 p.m.
Vote for Viewer's Choice Awards Online

  • Don't forget to vote for the Viewer's Choice Awards by 5:00 p.m.!
  • Vote throughout the day as you view the presentations, starting at 11:00 a.m.
  • You may select one presentation or poster for each room per hour.
  • Use the Viewer's Choice Award links available within each presentation room and online in the RSLS 2024 Event site.

Noon–2 p.m. Lunch in Campus Center Plaza

  • Get fuel for the day with a free, catered lunch!
  • Continue viewing presentations, posters, and art.
  • Listen to music and rap performances.

5:30 –6 p.m. Campus Celebration in Campus Center Plaza

  • Join Foothill Beats Drumming for a performance and interactive lesson.
  • Enjoy drinks and desserts with friends, family, and community.

6:00 -7 p.m. Awards Ceremony

  • Kick-off the celebration with the rap stylings of OneSelf DaVinci.
  • Celebrate the full day of presentations with our evening Awards Ceremony, during which we will honor 5 of the most impactful project presentations with the RSLS Judges' Awards.
  • We will also recognize 5 additional projects selected by you, the audience, with Viewers' Choice Awards.

  • You can vote for the presentations that "speak" to you from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Want to Present Next Year: 2025?

If you are interested in participating in our 8th annual RSLS in 2025, check out all our inspiring videos and event sites from past years. We will begin new workshops in Fall 2024.

Want to get a jump start in summer? Contact RSLS Coordinators: Allison Herman, Laura Gamez & Lisa Schultheis.

Email us at RSLS@fhda.edu

Interested in our workshop materials? See our RSLS Workshops page for past slides and recordings. 

About the Symposium

Plan to participate in this campus and community-wide event!

The Research and Service Leadership Symposium provides students an opportunity to expand their learning beyond the walls of the classroom (or the confines of the screen). Students are encouraged to investigate their world through in-depth research projects, create and participate in worthwhile service learning activities, broaden perspectives through original creative arts projects, and present their newfound knowledge, insights and experiences to the campus community.

Students will gain experience presenting in a professional conference setting on the virtual campus through presentations, performance, displays and discussion.

The Symposium itself is the culminating event of these student projects. The event includes:

  • A full day and evening of on-campus presentations, poster sessions, art galleries, and creative performances.
  • A keynote speaker, opening ceremony, closing celebration, and awards ceremony.
  • Hybrid activities on campus, including live streaming of virtual presentations and discussion.

Application Closed for 2024

Research and Service Leadership Symposium 2023

Please contact us!

Allison Herman,
Laura Gamez,
Lisa Schultheis
RSLS  Coordinators


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